Cooperstown Chronicles – Bid McPhee

Jun 9, 2008

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I decided to profile Hall of Famer Bid McPhee, who was enshrined by the Veteran’s Committee in 2000.

The Numbers
Played 1882-1899 (18 Years)
2135 Games
8291 At Bats
.271 Batting Average
2250 Hits
1678 Runs (26th All-Time)
303 Doubles 
188 Triples (11th All-time)
53 HRs
3088 Total Bases
1067 RBI
568 SB (23rd All-time)
981 Walks

Ten 100 Run Seasons
Nine 10+ Triple Seasons
Seven 40+ SB Seasons


Top Ten Finishes

Games - 4 Times (Led league in 1884)
At Bats – Once
Slugging % – Once
Runs – 4 Times
Hits – Once
Total Bases – Once
Triples - 5 Times (Led league in 1887)
Home Runs – Twice (Led league in 1886)
RBI – Twice
Walks – 6 Times
Stolen Bases – 4 Times
Extra-base Hits – Twice
Hit by Pitch – Once

Hall of Fame Yardsticks:
Black Ink: Batting – 6 (334) (Average HOFer ≈ 27)
Gray Ink: Batting – 64 (378) (Average HOFer ≈ 144)
HOF Standards: Batting – 40.9 (136) (Average HOFer ≈ 50)
HOF Monitor: Batting – 74.0 (238) (Likely HOFer > 100)

Bid McPhee scored a ton of Runs, hit a ton of Triples, and stole a ton of bases.  Besides those three “speed” categories, his offensive numbers don’t quite register as a Hall of Famer.  Obviously being a Second Baseman consists more than what you do with the stick.  Bid played the majority of his career without the use of a glove. Imagine that for a second.  Amond Second Basemen he ranks 5th for  Games played, 2nd for career putouts, and 2nd for  chances.  He also recorded the most putout (529 putouts) in a season in 1886.  He led his league in double plays 11 times and fielding average 9 times.  I applaud the VC for not forgetting about Bid.  I agree he is worthy of Cooperstown as he was clearly one of the best at his position in his era.  After researching Mr. McPhee, I come away with two questions.  If Bid is worthy of the HOF, how come some of the other Dead Ball Players I listed have not received the same honor?  Also, what took the Cincinnati Reds so long (2002) to add him to their Hall of Fame?  Nothing like waiting over 100 years to honor one of the founding fathers of your franchise. 

The Ballplayers

Past Chronicles

Roberto Alomar
Harold Baines
Albert Belle
Pete Browning
Bert Byleven
Joe Carter
Orlando Cepeda*
Rocky Colavito
Dave Concepcion
David Cone
Larry Corcoran
Mike Cuellar
Andre Dawson
Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager)
Dwight Evans
Chuck Finley
Steve Finley
John Franco
Gary Gaetti
Steve Garvey
Luis Gonzalez
Dwight Gooden
Mark Grace
Charlie Grimm (Player/Manager)
Ron Guidry
Keith Hernandez
Orel Hershiser
Whitey Herzog (Manager)
Gil Hodges
Ralph Houk (Manager)
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Tommy John
Jim Kaat
Tom Kelly (Manager)
Jerry Koosman
Barry Larkin
Mickey Lolich
Fred Lynn
Sherry Magee

Roger Maris
Billy Martin (Player/Manager)
Dennis Martinez
Edgar Martinez
Bobby Matthews
Don Mattingly
Gene Mauch (Manager)
Bill Mazeroski*
Fred McGriff

Mark McGwire
Paul Molitor*

Jack Morris
Tony Mullane
Dale Murphy
Graig Nettles
Lefty O’Doul
Tony Oliva
Al Oliver

Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Dave Parker
Wes Parker
Lance Parrish
Boog Powell
Tim Raines
Willie Randolph
Jim Rice
Phil Rizzuto*
Brooks Robinson*
Pete Ro$e
Jimmy Ryan
Ron Santo
Ted Simmons
Lee Smith
Rusty Staub
Dave Stieb
Harry Stovey
Alan Trammell
George Van Haltren
Mo Vaughn
Bobby Veach
Frank Viola
Lou Whitaker
Bernie Williams
Maury Wills

* Signifies actual Hall of Famer

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4 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Larry Novak
    June 9th, 2008 at 3:00 pm #

    I agree that he does belong.
    And great point on this proves that the ones who you profiled earlier also belong in the HOF.

    Oh by the way. Congratulations on the birth of your son.
    I hope all is well. Also no sleep for you for a while!!

  2. LestersLegends
    June 9th, 2008 at 3:09 pm #

    Thanks Larry. I don’t need a lot of sleep so it’s not too rough on me. My wife is a diff’t story.

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